TRIBUTES have been paid to an Ardrossan Academy classroom assistant who has retired after more than 20 years working at the school.

Anne Pettigrew's last day was Monday, March 27 - and colleagues, parents and former pupils were quick to share their favourite memories from their years working with her.

A school spokesperson said: "Everyone connected with Ardrossan Academy would like to express their best wishes to Anne Pettigrew who retired today, after serving the school for over 20 years.

"An unstinting advocate and supporter of young people - and a loyal friend to staff and to the school. Thanks Anne!"

From within the school, the maths department said farewell to "such a fantastic lady who will be missed by everyone", while the chemsitry department dubbed 'Mrs P', as she was widely known, "an inspiration to staff and pupils every single day".

The school librarian added: "Mrs P will be missed - one of a kind who won't be replaced."

And there were plenty of tributes from former pupils, who will be glad they had all of their years at the school blessed with Anne in them.

One simply commented: "Mrs P. Legend. Have a great retirement Anne, well deserved."

Another added: "All the best for the future Anne, was always a joy when you were around. Much love class of 2008."

Parents were also quick to pay tribute to the great influence Mrs P has had on their children.

One mother explained: "I'll always be eternally grateful to Anne for the time and energy she spent encouraging my son and his friend in their Francie and Josie/Blues Brothers acts.

"She made their time at Ardrossam Academy very special."

There were also many former colleagues who paid homage to one of the best workmates they will have ever had.

John Allison said: "She made us happy when skies were grey! Anne was our sunshine."

Harry Sutton simply added there was "never a frown" on Mrs P's face.

Others had the pleasure of being both a pupil, and then colleague, of Anne's.

One comment read: "The wonderful Mrs P. It was my pleasure to work alongside Anne for many years after being a pupil at Ardrossan Academy when she was my classroom assistant.

"She's the most wonderful lady and a very dear friend. Wishing you a long and happy retirement, Mrs P. Nobody deserves it more."

From all at the Herald, including the former Academy pupil writing this article - take care and have a great retirement Mrs P!